How did you get started doing this type of work?
I started years ago teaching English to some friends who barely spoke English, and loved that I was learning at the same time !
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked with people from age 4 up to age 85! I have taught people from many other countries and backgrounds, and I've worked with a variety of disabled people, too. I love my work. I want each person to discover who they can be, and how great it feels to achieve.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I have young piano students who can hold their own at jazz jam sessions. I smile when my math, reading, and writing students learn HOW to study, and do it willingly. I've enjoyed teaching piano students who are seriously disabled, but are able to release their feelings at the piano. I love teaching international people all aspects of the English language, and have discovered a lot of things along the way. When reading students get that they really can read, they beam. I love that.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Look for a tutor who avoids following the labels that schools have
set for your child. Look for a teacher who sees each student as unique, searches for reasons why the problem exists, and comes up with
solutions. Look for a piano teacher who teaches more
than just reading notes.
Look for someone who loves their work.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
What is your learning style? How do you learn best? Do I have my goals figured out? How much time can I really devote to this?
Then ask the professional what they like about their work. I work one-on-one, because every single person really does learn differently.
I like to discover and tap into each person's learning styles and inspire them to learn more.